April 2014

A son's suicide, a family's sorrow

When Lynn Keane's son took his own life, she was devastated. Now she shares her family's story to help others....

The legacy of Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

CBC's Ideas recently aired a special two-part series about Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland. Have a listen -- and check out these awesome book covers from various editions of the classic tale....

10 offensive slang terms you might hear in a hospital

Many doctors and healthcare workers use a mysterious vocabulary all their own, and it's not always gentle or flattering. Dr. Brian Goldman puts the spotlight on this secret slang in a new book. ...

May #canlit chat: All things Shakespeare

Read the replay of the @CBCBooks chat about William Shakespeare....

Coldplay's worldwide library scavenger hunt

The band has hidden envelopes containing handwritten song lyrics by front-man Chris Martin in ghost story books in libraries in nine different countries....

Can you imagine a world without books?

Alena Graedon can. She set her debut thriller in the near future -- where print no longer exists. ...

The search for Cervantes and other real-life literary mysteries

From Cervantes to Edgar Allan Poe to Agatha Christie, we look at some real-life literary mysteries....

The next generation of Canadian superheroes

A new graphic novel collection features a cast of all-Canadian superheroes. ...

To Kill a Mockingbird e-book released for 'new generation'

Lee has agreed to permit downloadable editions of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which fills a major gap in e-libraries....

Happy 88th birthday Harper Lee! Here are 8 inspiring quotes from the author

Harper Lee, the legendary author behind To Kill a Mockingbird, turns 88 years old today. Here are 8 inspirational quotes from that great work. ...

The 10 hockey books you need to read

Whether you're inspired by play-off season or looking to avoid it, CBC Books has the perfect antidote -- 10 great hockey books you need to read....

Miriam Toews' not so puny sorrows

Miriam Toews talks about All My Puny Sorrows, her most personal novel yet....

WATCH: Book of Negroes films in Cape Breton

The six-hour miniseries comes to life, thanks to one historic Canadian location. ...

Bill Conall wins 2014 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

Conall's book The Promised Land follows different generations of outsiders trying to fit into their new Cape Breton surroundings. ...

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy to become HBO/BBC mini-series

The three-hour miniseries based on Rowling's 2012 first post-Harry Potter book about a suburban British town thrown into turmoil during a local council election is expected to air later this year. ...

World Book Day: Why Reading Rocks

To mark World Book Day, we highlight eight inspirational quotes from authors about their love of reading....

Anne Shirley is Canada's most iconic character

A few weeks ago, we posed a question: which popular Canadian character was the most iconic of all. The people have spoken. Long live Anne Shirley, the pride of P.E.I....

Have we found Shakespeare's dictionary?

On April 29, 2008, two New York booksellers placed a bid online for an old dictionary. They were stunned to learn it might have belonged the the Bard himself. ...

How Dothraki was taken from page to screen

David Peterson is the Game of Thrones resident language creator. He spoke to Day 6 about what it takes to turn George R.R. Martin's fictional language into one that's real. ...

Writers' Trust introduces new $25K Canadian poetry prize

The Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize will recognize a mid-career Canadian poet's "exceptional body of work" and "hope of future contributions to Canadian poetry."...

Are we running out of time to deal with climate change?

Author and entrepreneur Tom Rand says we need to deal with climate change right now -- or else it will be too late. ...

Tribute to Alistair MacLeod

One of Canada's great short story writers, Alistair MacLeod, has passed away. CBC Books reflects on his life and work....

Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away on Thursday. We remember his wonderful words. ...

Who Said It: Jaden Smith's Twitter or Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?

Can you tell the difference between Jaden's tweets and Tom Wolfe? Take our quiz to find out. ... Read More »

10 poems that make grown men cry

A new collection showcases 100 poems that have moved famous men to tears. CBC Books highlights 10 of the best....

J.K. Rowling introduces Ginny Potter, Quidditch correspondent

It's been seven years since Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling released the last novel featuring the boy wizard and his friends, but the British writer has continued to expand upon the Potter universe through her website Pottermore....

5 famous literary recluses

Many celebrated authors have gone to great lengths to avoid being in the public eye....

The Great Canadian Character Showdown: Championship Round

It all comes down to Anne Shirley vs. Winnie-the-pooh. Who will it be? You decide! Voting begins Wednesday, April 16 at 12 p.m. ET and ends Monday, April 21 at 5 p.m. ET. ...

Cellists take over Toronto

22 days. 22 cellists. 22 lives lost. One book. One community. One amazing project. Watch the highlights of the Toronto Public Library's recreation of the events chronicling The Cellist of Sarajevo....

The cost of human efficiency

In his new book Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans, Simon Head argues that modern computer-driven micromanagement could actually lead to some industrial-age working conditions....

Bob Saget is a Dirty Daddy

The stand-up comic, actor and director is now an author. He talked about his recent memoir with Jian Ghomeshi on Q....

5 great fictional nannies

Prince George began his first royal tour in New Zealand and with him a brand new nanny. But can she top our fictional favourites?...

Captain Underpants tops list of frequently challenged books in U.S.

The bestselling children's book series Captain Underpants was the most targeted for censorship in America last year, according to a report by the American Library Association (ALA)....

Rene Denfeld takes readers inside death row in debut novel

The protagonist of The Enchanted is a death-row inmate who uses his imagination "to escape the confines of his cell into a whole other fantastical world."...

5 memorable quotes from The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck's novel turns 75 today! CBC Books celebrates by sharing our five favourite quotes from this classic novel. ...

Who Said It: Mad Men or Ayn Rand?

It's the beginning of the end for Don Draper, Peggy Olson, and the rest of the characters from Mad Men. But can you tell the difference between what they've said and what Ayn Rand has said? Take our quiz to find out. ...

An album inspired by Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Jake Smith, lead singer and lyricist of the Montreal band Lakes of Canada explains how the classic Atwood novel inspired this new album and took his band's music to a whole new level....

10 amazing author statues

Edgar Allan Poe is getting a new statue in Boston, the city of his birth. In honour of this, CBC Books looks at other author statues around the world....

A reading list for Mad Men 7

We highlight seven books that made a big splash in the era of the show's final season, and are still read today....

Michael Lewis chronicles a Wall Street revolt

In his controversial new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, best-selling author Michael Lewis tells the story of a Canadian trader who questioned the morality of high-frequency trading and decided to fight it....

VOTE: The Great Canadian Character Showdown Round Four

It's down to the final four: Anne Shirley versus Superman. Jacob Two-Two versus Winnie-the-pooh. Cast your vote now to move your favourites on to the final round. ...

Lorrie Moore reflects on motherhood and Alice Munro

Lorrie Moore has been called America's most influential short story writer. And she's back, after 15 years, with a new book, a collection called Bark....

Judy Greer: Confessions of a Hollywood co-star

Judy Greer has more than 90 TV and film credits to her name, but doesn't get mobbed at the grocery store. This means she has a unique take on how to make it in Hollywood, and shares it in a new book....

How Disney transformed the life of a boy with autism

When Owen Suskind became obsessed with Disney, his parents embraced the connection -- and it opened up a whole new world for the entire family. ...

Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announcement

See what books were nominated for Canada's most lucrative poetry prize. ...

Doctor Zhivago novel used as CIA propaganda tool during Cold War

The classic Russian novel Doctor Zhivago (which inspired the epic Oscar-winning film) was actually used by the CIA as a propaganda tool during the Cold War, according to newly declassified documents....

Jimmy Carter on what he thinks is the world's greatest human rights crisis

Sexual assaults, honour killings, prostitution, physical abuse: no matter where you look in our world, you will find women and girls being abused. Jimmy Carter addresses it in a new book....

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston to write memoir

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will release a new memoir about his career and the "secrets and lies" he lived with while filming the hit TV show in 2015....

How the internet will change everything...including capitalism

Economist Jeremy Rifkin thinks we'll have completely different economic models by 2050, thanks to the internet. Find out how by watching his conversation with Amanda Lang....

Who Said It: Game of Thrones edition

To mark the return of the gang from Westeros (well, the ones who didn't die last season), we're testing your GoT memory. Take our Who Said It quiz to find out how much your remember!...

Anne Shirley or Wolverine? One couple debates

One match-up in the great Canadian character showdown is getting a lot of attention. One couple each took a side -- and tried to determine, once and for all, whether Anne or Wolverine is more iconic. ...

Alternate How I Met Your Mother endings

The series ending left a bitter taste in some viewers' mouths. We here at CBC Books wondered how the series would have ended if one of these famous authors wrote the final scenes....

Russell Brand announces new children's book series

Controversial British comedian, actor and broadcaster Russell Brand has shared a preview of his new book series for children, Russell Brand's Trickster Tales....

Love your morning coffee? Read this.

Caffeine in small doses is harmless and delicious, right? A new book reveals exactly how our morning cup of joe can help us -- and harm us. ...

April #canlit chat: Literary characters

Join @cbcbooks on Thursday, April 3 at 2 p.m. ET for what should be a lively conversation. ...

VOTE: The Great Canadian Character Showdown Round Three

We are down to the final eight! Which characters should move on to the semi-finals? Cast your vote now!...

Is it the end of the independent bookstore?

Can indie bookstores survive the digital revolution? The Current takes a closer look at the plight of indies in Canada. ...

Great hockey reads: Cornered by Ron Maclean

The long-time Hockey Night in Canada host shares his story in a revealing new book. ...

Great hockey reads: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse captured Canada's hearts during the Canada Reads debates in 2013. ...

Great hockey reads: Twenty Miles by Cara Hedley

Cara Hedley's Twenty Miles introduces readers to unforgettable moments, memorable characters and their powerful connection to Canada's game. ...

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Great hockey reads: King Leary by Paul Quarrington

The story of Percival Leary transcends the label "hockey book." ...

Great hockey reads: The Game by Ken Dryden

Often called "the greatest hockey book ever written," Ken Dryden's The Game is a must-read classic. ...

Great hockey reads: Hockey Dreams: Memories of a Man Who Couldn't Play by David Adams Richards

Why do we consider Hockey Dreams one of the greatest hockey books ever written Because Ron MacLean says so....

Great hockey reads: Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt

Brunt portrays Orr the way many Canadians remembered him -- as an inspiration....

Great hockey reads: The Best Game You Can Name by Dave Bidini

Bidini has written several books about hockey, but The Best Game You Can Name remains our favourite. ...

Great hockey reads: The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

No hockey book list is complete without the classic The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier. ...

Great hockey reads: 99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan

In the pantheon of all-time hockey legends, no one's star shined brighter than Wayne Gretzky, and this book tells his story like no other. ...

Writing tips for Bono

Apparently, a new U2 album is being delayed because frontman Bono is going through writer's block. We'd like to pass on some hard-earned wisdom from people who also do it for a living -- authors....

#prequelthisbook: Roundup of our favourite suggestions

Using #prequelthisbook on Twitter, we saw an incredible number of interesting, clever, and downright hilarious suggestions for prequels. Here are the highlights!...